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Information for Students

An internship is a form of study combining field work with academic activities. It allows a student to augment classroom learning by working in a business organization.

By completing suitable academic work under the direction of the intern coordinator and a professional sponsor, students may earn three hours of academic credit by enrolling in JOUR 597.  In order to be approved to enroll in this class you must complete and submit a contract, along with your resume, job offer, and job description, to the career services manager.

Prerequisites for a For-Credit Internship

Ideally, a student applying for an internship for academic credit (JOUR 597) will be a junior or senior who has completed the following courses, depending upon their major. A recommendation from a SJMC faculty member based on previous work experience in the major area could potentially waive a prerequisite requirement of a student for an internship on an individual petition basis.

Advertising Majors
Must have completed two of the following three classes: JOUR 220 (Account Planning: Mining Insights), JOUR 416 (Creative Strategy) and JOUR 421 (Media Planning).

Broadcast Journalism
Must have completed JOUR 361

Journalism
Must have completed either JOUR 362 (Editing) or JOUR 361 (Reporting)

Public Relations Majors
Must have completed JOUR 436 (Public Relations Writing) and JOUR 332 (Mass Communications Research).

Visual Communications Majors
Must have completed JOUR 203 (Introduction to Visual Communications) and JOUR 346 (Graphics for Visual Communications).


Course Requirements of a For-Credit Internship

•  Work at least 140 hours at the organization where the student is interning.

 Provide evidence of professional work in the field of study to the intern coordinator.

•  Attend required meetings during the term with other interns and the intern coordinator.

 Complete a written report based on an interview with the intern sponsor.

 Turn in the following reports as scheduled in the course calendar:

  1. A statement of goals and a schedule of work hours signed by both the intern and the sponsor.
  2. Three progress reports to be completed by both the intern and the sponsor.
  3. Journal entries from each day on the job.
  4. A final evaluation form, to be completed by the sponsor, discussed with the intern in a private meeting, and sent directly to the faculty intern coordinator. 
  5. Present a final slide to the JOUR 597 class at the end of your internship to share your experience.